Damien Duff blames Adidas for Republic of Ireland’s defeat to France
Winger offends his own boot suppliers as he clutches at straws
Damien Duff has claimed that the Republic of Ireland’s controversial World Cup qualification play-off defeat to France was the result of a conspiracy between FIFA and Adidas. The Fulham man, who picks up £100,000 a year for wearing Adidas boots (for now at least), reckons football’s governing body was desperate to make sure France’s three stripe-clad kit was on show in South Africa.
He said: “”FIFA want the big teams in the World Cup, they want France in the World Cup, and it may sound silly but they want teams sponsored by Adidas.
“Adidas sponsor the World Cup, they sponsor France. Michel Platini has a lot of influence as well. Maybe we’d have had a better chance of going to the World Cup if it was sponsored by Umbro.”
I think that might be the sound of the last shred of Irish dignity disappearing over this incident.